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post #111 of 436 Old 11-12-2012, 01:02 AM Thread Starter
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Tunze SKimmer? Why do you want such a costly Skimmer? Gots plenty out there that are just as good, and much much cheaper.

Everything I have read use one of those for the RSM 130 because it fits so well. I got my skimmer working but as others said, its loud. The other thing is there is this for the Tunze, because if the only place for media now is under the pumps, which is a PITA to get to.
http://shop.mediabaskets.com/Red-Sea...et-RSM3V20.htm


Im pretty pissed. I got the MG test and tried it out. Then I decided to test Ca and ALK, and the little spoon for the Ca is not there. grrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr. Th So I look online and I could have got a brand new RSM Pro kit for MG, ALK and CALC for not much more then I just bought the MG for. And they would all be titration tests which seem to be better.

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post #112 of 436 Old 11-12-2012, 10:52 AM
Got ya on the Tunze SKimmer!! Good Stuff!!
ANd, OUCH, on the test kit!! DOH
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post #113 of 436 Old 11-12-2012, 09:20 PM Thread Starter
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From what I have found online, looks like the spoon is 1/32 teaspoons. Which i have (its a smidgen lol) so I did the CA and here is what I think i have lol. I feel like im back in chem class.


Temp - 79
Ammonia - .25 ppm
Nitrite - 2ppm
Nitrate - 10 ppm
S.G - 1.025
ALK - between 1.7 - 2.8 I would estimate 2.2
Ca - 540
Mg - 1560

Now I donno if its me or the test kits but my salt says it should be:

@ S.G of 1.023 and 75degrees:
Ca 450
Alk 3.5 - 4.2
Mg 1320

So im not sure if my numbers make sense or not
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Oh my. Now your really into finding the Chemistry here. WOW. Numbers are all over the place. Sanity test here. What is your RO water or whatever water your using test out at?
CA is really high. MAG is really high.. I know not something you wanted to hear. My bad. Sorry.
CA between 420-460
MAG 1250-1350
ALK 2.5-4meq
Do-It-Yourself Magnesium Supplements for the Reef Aquarium by Randy Holmes-Farley - Reefkeeping.com
Chemistry And The Aquarium: Solving Calcium And Alkalinity Problems — Advanced Aquarist | Aquarist Magazine and Blog
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post #115 of 436 Old 11-12-2012, 09:37 PM Thread Starter
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Oh my. Now your really into finding the Chemistry here. WOW. Numbers are all over the place. Sanity test here. What is your RO water or whatever water your using test out at?
CA is really high. MAG is really high.. I know not something you wanted to hear. My bad. Sorry.
CA between 420-460
MAG 1250-1350
ALK 2.5-4meq
Do-It-Yourself Magnesium Supplements for the Reef Aquarium by Randy Holmes-Farley - Reefkeeping.com
Chemistry And The Aquarium: Solving Calcium And Alkalinity Problems — Advanced Aquarist | Aquarist Magazine and Blog

I know earlier you said I do not need to test Mg, Ca, and ALK now. So can i still hold off to see if I can get the new test kits I need this weekend?
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post #116 of 436 Old 11-13-2012, 12:13 AM
Oooof, welp you've gone this long with it out of whack, whats another couple of days.
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Oooof, welp you've gone this long with it out of whack, whats another couple of days.
I emailed Red sea to ask about the spoon and they are sending me one. Thats super cool.

Since these test kits are old, and i never worked with the titration kits Im going to assume that my numbers are off. My LFs has their annual sale this saturday and im going to just buy new Ca, and ALK kits since dry goods are like 30% off. That way everyting s new. Ill spend some time testing the water and ill test my source water.

Im gonna grab new salt too. Proabably move from this red sea salt to instant ocean sea salt. If I can figure out the tests and ill need any chems to keep them in check ill go back saturday night and grab whatever I need.
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post #118 of 436 Old 11-15-2012, 10:09 AM Thread Starter
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Oh boy. Looks like I have a job this weekend......... its growing on all the base rock, and now starting to grow

on glass. The difference between before bedtime and when I wake up is insane.
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post #119 of 436 Old 11-15-2012, 10:14 AM
LOL. Your clean up crew will love this stuff.
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post #120 of 436 Old 11-15-2012, 10:19 AM Thread Starter
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LOL. Your clean up crew will love this stuff.
Oh duhhhh. So I should just let it grow for them, no need to start picking now I guess.

I actually like how it looks too. It makes the cycle go better seeing life grow in an empty tank
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